Arrangement & composition

Annelies Van Parys


Gaea Schoeters
Annelies Verbeke

Musical team

Stijn Saveniers (conductor)
Karin de Fleyt (flute, piccolo)
Peter Merckx (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Marc Tooten (viola)
Geert Callaert (piano)
Gaetan La Mela (percussion)
Britt Truyts (vocals)
Willem de Vries (vocals)


Jetty Mathurin
Frieda Pittoors
Leny Breederveld
Aus Greidanus
Jaak Vanassche

In coproduction with

Het Laatste Bedrijf

With the support of

De Vlaamse Gemeenschap

BOZE BEJAARDEN is a tragicomic operetta set in and around a nursing home. It is a live audio play in a lively, concertante form.

Emilienne (86) is in a relationship with her masseur Nestor (75). They are in love. After a long period during which they were not allowed to meet, they are enjoying their being reunited. Some of the neighbours: Mireille (82), Leon (83) and Agneske (89) are watching with sorrow. The happiness of the fledgling couple confronts them with old wounds. They devise a plan with unforeseen consequences: everyone around them, including the nursing staff, gets caught up in it.

BOZE BEJAARDEN is a comedy of errors with plenty of misunderstandings and romantic, sugary sweet and warm moments. At the same time, as it should be in operetta, it is a sharp criticism of our dealings with care and with the elderly.

From 2 December onwards, the operetta is available as a podcast. Together with Wunderbaum, HERMESensemble will be bringing a live version to the theatre.

Annelies Verbeke and Gaea Schoeters wrote the text. Annelies Van Parys wrote new music and arranged arias from the classical operetta repertoire.